On August 21st, millions of Earthlings will gather to watch as a total solar eclipse sweeps across the centerline of the United States over the course of 90 minutes. For many, it’ll be once-in-a-life-time spectacle. But if you had a spacecraft on hand, you wouldn’t need to wait decades for the next total solar…
This is a photo of what's happening right now above our heads. It's a solar eclipse near the moon. You just can't see it, because you're not in space.
There's nothing quite like a total eclipse (of the heart), but an annular eclipse is a close second. Especially if you're into rings of fire. And after you watch this incredible video from one that took place in Pilbara, Australia last weekend, you'll be a fan.
This faceless clock by Swedish industrial designer Jesper Jonsson tells time with light and shadow—OK, it may not be the most functional clock—but it totally looks like a solar eclipse, and really, why settle for having a clock on your wall when you can have a rare astronomical phenomenon! [Designboom]
This year we're in for a real treat! The citizens of planet Earth will be treated to not one, but four, partial solar eclipses and the first will begin on January 4. Ready to find out where and when?
Late Monday night—well, actually, early Tuesday morning—the moon will move into the earth's shadow, causing a lunar eclipse visible to anyone in North America. Even better, it's happening on the Winter Solstice, for the first time since 1638.
Every 27 years, the star Epsilon Aurigae is swallowed up, and scientists had no idea why. Now, using a special technique that produces images 140 times clearer than the Hubble Space Telescope, we've finally gotten images of it happening.